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Make a 'Due Date' with London - A Capital Bundle of Joy

On the news that HRH Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby in 2013, the Mayor’s official promotional organisation for London has suggested some top baby-friendly attractions and activities for babies, parents and those expecting for 2013.

See visitlondon.com for further inspirational family-friendly London ideas.

Mums-to-be

For a baby shower fit for a Duchess, indulge at ESPA at The Corinthia Hotel, which has an incredible range of spa options for mums-to-be, including massages and treatments.  Tie it in with an afternoon tea at the Spa Lounge for a super relaxing experience.

Ladies who are expecting know it’s important to keep fit and healthy during pregnancy, and Tri-yoga,  offer a range of pregnancy yoga classes from the second trimester.

Everyone knows babies need to be kitted out, so William and Kate can stock up for some essentials and hear from the experts at the The Baby Show at Earl’s Court from 25 October.

London – the perfect Baby-moon destination

To enjoy new parenthood, there is no place better than London. From the classic stores such as Hamley's and perfect days out such as the ZSL London Zoo, which next summer will open Tiger Territory, there is plenty to explore. London is also home to the first purpose built professional theatre for children, The Unicorn Theatre which entertains over 100,000 children every year. In 2013 some of the top shows include The Present – an interactive show for 4-6 year-olds.

The EDF Energy London Eye and the SeaLife London Aquarium are great for pushchairs with plenty to keep the children and adults of all ages engaged. The V&A Museum of Childhood is a treasure trove of children’s toys through the ages, and they have some fantastic workshops every week. The majority of London’s museums are also baby-friendly and of course, many are free. Children under 5 also travel free on London transport including the Tube, Docklands Light Railway (DLR), buses, trams and London Overground as long as they are accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket.

For new parents

William and Kate can meet new parents to be and enjoy the latest film releases with their babies just a short walk from Kensington Palace at the ‘Big Scream’ – at the Gate cinema in Notting Hill and other Picture House Cinema’s for parents and babies under 1.

The new parents will have the choice of London’s top retailers, including Oh Baby London, an independent boutique for baby clothes situated on Brick Lane and Carry Me Home, an adorable store for unique baby clothes in Kingly Court.  

A night away from the Palace could give the royal couple a relaxed night at The Dorchester who provide everything for the visiting family including baby bath robes and kids glamping experiences complete with bespoke tents and Beatrix Potter patterned fabric by Jane Churchill for Colefax & Fowler.

With so much to offer in baby friendly London, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will have plenty to enjoy with their new arrival in 2013.

See www.visitlondon.com for further ideas